I’m writing a fantasy steam-punk story set in the afterlife. There’s a lot to do, not least keep the world-rules coherent and indomitable.
Here, I’ll be posting about how it’s going and my thoughts on the creative process.
Editing your first draft down can be a daunting task. But step one is to admit that what you’ve created so far is a revolting splurge of word-mulch.
Oculus Rift is an utterly immersive experience, but what can we learn from it in building our own word-worlds.
Creating seemingly sentient characters is both rewarding and heart-breaking, because at some point they’re not going to do what you say any more.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, as writers try to get their books under the noses of the world.
With news that music and literature synchronising service Booktrack has secured further funding, I recall a the sensory overload of reading The Stars My Destination to downbeat electro Pretty Lights.
Giving an everyman protagonist agency, when all their hopes and dreams reside in an unreachable dimension, requires some invention.
Coincidence and listless characters might be clogging your plot. But there is a way to resolve the problem. It’s just a lot of hard work.
Wonderful feeling, finishing the plot outline. And nothing more useful than a chapter breakdown of the entire thing. Rejoice!
Shaving nine minutes out of your day to do some more writing is an unconquerable joy. I found an extra 90 minutes!
Make sure your metaphors make sense when coming out of the mouth (or head) of your characters.
A story in 200 words? What’s the point?! SILENCE HEATHEN and let me explain.
Foolishly taking advice from Ed Miliband, I placed my pledges in stone. So should you.
You need to be SOCIAL on social media – otherwise you’re just screaming repeatedly into an abyss.
An exploration of profanity in fiction, using lots of swear words.
Looking ahead at a potentially very exciting year.
Searching for tips (ooh-err) on sensual (eh? eh?) narrative porking.
A call for critique.
The Oxford comma is inconsistent, divisive, and often necessary.
Having separate characters uncover the same truth becomes tiresome for the reader.
Buying an e-Reader opens your world to a vast ocean of tales and typos.
Getting good critique from your mates can be tough when they aren’t. Sometimes you need to rely on the honesty of strangers.
With a writing journal, you can track your word count and MAKE PRETTY GRAPHS.
Either your characters die, or you need some bat-inspiration from your utility belt.
How not to deal with sustained and merciless rejections
“Do you have any tips on dialogue tags,” she asked, questioningly.
If you don’t realise I’m taking the piss within the first couple of sentences, you don’t know me very well.
Whether it be Aliens on the C64 or Game of Thrones on your Kindle, our concept of POV is constantly evolving.
Closing in on the end of your novel can be daunting. I try to make sense of my anxiety.
The closest I’ve come to having a piece accepted for publication…
I unfollowed hundreds of accounts because I’d been using Twitter all wrong.
Digging down into the data to find my most productive writing sessions.
200 WordPress followers and counting.
A week in, and I’ve already got advice for NaNoWriMo novices.